Digital twin-driven rapid reconfiguration of the automated manufacturing system via an open architecture model

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Author(s)

  • Chaoyang Zhang
  • Ding Zhang
  • Xin Chen

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Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article number101895
Journal / PublicationRobotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
Volume63
Online published26 Dec 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

Abstract

Increasing individualization demands in products call for high flexibility in the manufacturing systems to adapt changes. This paper proposes a novel digital twin-driven approach for rapid reconfiguration of automated manufacturing systems. The digital twin comprises two parts, the semi-physical simulation that maps data of the system and provides input data to the second part, which is optimization. The results of the optimization part are fed back to the semi-physical simulation for verification. Open-architecture machine tool (OAMT) is defined and developed as a new class of machine tools comprising a fixed standard platform and various individualized modules that can be added and rapidly swapped. Engineers can flexibly reconfigure the manufacturing system for catering to process planning by integrating personalized modules into its OAMTs. Key enabling techniques, including how to twin cyber and physical system and how to quickly bi-level program the production capacity and functionality of manufacturing systems to adapt rapid changes of products, are detailed. A physical implementation is conducted to verify the effectiveness of the proposed approach to achieving improved system performance while minimizing the overheads of the reconfiguration process by automating and rapidly optimizing it.

Research Area(s)

  • Cyber-physical system, Digital twin, Industrial internet of things, Open architecture, Reconfigurable manufacturing system, Smart manufacturing

Citation Format(s)

Digital twin-driven rapid reconfiguration of the automated manufacturing system via an open architecture model. / Leng, Jiewu; Liu, Qiang; Ye, Shide et al.

In: Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, Vol. 63, 101895, 06.2020.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review